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TRACK & FIELD: Two Chargers earn All-American status

Briar Cliff's Raheem Cowan, left, and Robert Iron Shell earned All-American honors at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

GULF SHORES, Ala. — It seemed like just another day at the office for two of Briar Cliff's track executives.  

Raheem Cowan

Raheem Cowan

Competing at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, both Chargers looked like they had been there before, although only one had.  Looking to defend his outdoor national title in the triple jump, junior Raheem Cowan, came up an inch short, settling for second place with a leap of 15.49 meters.  Meanwhile, freshman Robert Iron Shell finished fourth in the open 400-meter dash, doing so in a school-record time of 47.37 seconds.

Robert Iron Shell

Robert Iron Shell

Cowan and Iron Shell will both return to the Cliff as 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans.

A day earlier, Cowan and Iron Shell joined Rusty Muncy and Frank Wallace on the BCU 4x100-meter relay squad, which finished second in its heat and ninth overall. The squad clocked a 41.45, missing the final heat by two-hundredths of a second. and missed qualifying for finals by .02.

On the women's side,  Allison Shymkewicz finished 23rd in the shot put Jackie Brungardt finished 25th overall in the discus.

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